For John, BLUF: Politics makes for strange bedfellows—Mr Charles Dudley Warner. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The Boston Herald, by Ms Marie Sianiszlo (firstname.lastname@example.org), 8 February 2019.
Here is the lede plus one:
Sen. Edward Markey partnered with freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on her controversial “Green New Deal” proposal to cut fossil fuel use and achieve “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions within 10 years — an idea that one economist said would “significantly” raise the cost of energy?One hopes this will not become the law of the land until we figure out how much it will cost and how to pay for it. In saying that I am flat out rejecting the idea that the end of the world as we know it is only 12 years off.♠
Markey’s move to the left is seen by political analysts as a positioning for his own looming re-election battle — to ward off the kind of progressive challenge that took out former veteran U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano. Markey himself cited the initiative as a looming campaign issue.
“This is going to enter the 2020 election cycle,” Markey said at a news conference outside the Capitol with Ocasio-Cortez and several of the resolution’s more than 60 co-sponsors. “The greatest climate denier of them all is in the White House. …The green generation has risen up, and they are saying we want this issue solved. We now have the troops, we now have the money, and we’re ready to fight.”
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Of course the Second Coming could end the world as we know it, but with a good outcome, not a bad one.